Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDI 120 GT-Line, Costs and Real Consumption

Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDI 120 GT-Line, Costs and Real Consumption

The Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDI 120 GT-Line is often underestimated due to its inconspicuous appearance, even in its sportier GT-Line variant. However, since the 2020 facelift, the Rio has undergone several improvements, including a more extensive set of assistants and modernized infotainment.

One notable enhancement is the mild hybridization of the drive system, featuring a 48-volt electric power plant with a belt starter generator and a lithium-ion battery. This hybrid system allows for engine coasting while the battery powers the onboard electronics through recuperation. In this analysis, we will evaluate the fuel consumption and monthly maintenance costs of the Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDI 120 GT-Line.

Fuel Consumption Analysis:

Test Consumption: According to Kia, the Rio 1.0 T-GDI 120 GT-Line has a WLTP consumption rating of 5.5 liters of Super fuel per 100 kilometers. However, in real-world conditions, the average consumption was found to be 6.7 liters per 100 kilometers. This results in fuel costs of approximately 12.53 euros per 100 kilometers. The test conducted included different driving scenarios: 70% commuter round, 15% eco lap, and 15% sport lap. The eco lap achieved a consumption rate of 5.2 liters, while the sporty driving style resulted in a consumption of 8.9 liters.

KIA Rio 1.0 T-GDi MHEV 88 kW (120 CV) GT Line DCT (2020). Precio y ficha  técnica.

Monthly Maintenance Costs:

Fuel Costs: Driving the Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDI 120 GT-Line in an eco-friendly manner reduced fuel costs to 9.72 euros per 100 kilometers, while a more aggressive driving style increased fuel costs to 16.64 euros per 100 kilometers.

Additional Costs:

The vehicle tax for the Kia Rio amounts to 82 euros per year. Liability insurance costs approximately 379 euros, while partial and fully comprehensive insurance adds an extra 91 and 540 euros, respectively.

Monthly Maintenance Costs:

Based on an assumed annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers, the monthly maintenance costs for the Kia Rio amount to 255 euros. If the annual mileage is doubled to 30,000 kilometers, the monthly maintenance costs increase to 469 euros. This calculation includes maintenance, wear part costs, vehicle taxes, and insurance. It assumes a three-year holding period, a no-claims class SF12 for liability, and comprehensive insurance with Allianz, considering discounts for garage parkers and certain drivers’ restrictions.

In the test consumption, the Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDI 120 GT-Line demonstrated an average fuel consumption of 6.7 liters of Super fuel per 100 kilometers, resulting in fuel costs of 12.53 euros. The monthly maintenance costs for this vehicle are estimated at 255 euros for an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers and 469 euros for an annual mileage of 30,000 kilometers.

2019 KIA Rio 1.0 T-GDi GT-Line - Exterior and Interior - Auto Zürich Car  Show 2018 - YouTube

Technical specifications

Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDI 120 GT Line
Basic price €23,690
External dimensions 4070x1725x1450mm
Trunk volume 325 to 1103L
Displacement / engine 998 cm³ / 3-cylinder
Performance 88 kW / 120 hp at 6000 rpm
Top speed 190km/h
0-100km/h 11.0s
Consumption 4.5L/100km
Test consumption 6.7L/100km